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Refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 Debuts In Dubai

Refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 Debuts In Dubai

Infiniti has leveraged this year’s Dubai Motor Show as a venue to show off its refreshed 2018 QX80 SUV. As expected from previous teaser shots, the new QX80 isn’t all that new. Instead, Infiniti has thrown in a few new bits as an attempt to keep the QX80 competitive.

Earlier this year at the New York Auto Show the luxury brand revealed the QX80 Monograph Concept, which was a preview of the 2018 production model; well, in theory anyway. Whereas the concept sported an all-new front fascia, this production model features new headlights and a larger grille. Infiniti apparently did not feel the flush rear bumper of the concept or the integrated exhaust tips were necessary on the production version.

At first glance, the interior of the 2018 QX80 does not look significantly changed either. One could make the argument that perhaps Infiniti has spruced up the material quality, but that won’t be confirmed until we get hands-on with it.

The theme of minimal changes continues mechanically as well. The QX80 is remaining on its existing platform with its existing 400 horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Infiniti has suggested a new twin-turbocharged V-6 could find its way under the hood at some point, but thus far details are much like the changes: minimal.

Given the fierce competition in the full-size luxury SUV segment from the likes of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and even the aging Cadillac Escalade, these minor changes aren’t likely to produce any seismic changes in the segment.


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  1. arutherford
    This is exactly how you waste a concept. A Concept that only shows a facelift...:(
    Much better face. Interior looks like 2005 still

    That seems to be common with the entire Infinti line
    Much better face. Interior looks like 2005 still
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